The U.S. Treasury Department removed sanctions on the wife of a Myanmar businessman, a deceased former Myanmar premier and on three men who were indicted in international court for atrocities they allegedly committed in the former Yugoslavia.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Thursday, in a notice posted on its website, that it removed sanctions on Thidar Zaw, who was named with her husband Tay Za in the annex of a 2007 executive order imposing sanctions on cronies of the former Myanmar junta. Tay Za is one of Myanmar’s wealthiest businessmen; the U.S. has called him a “henchman” for the former military government.

“Circumstances have changed and she no longer meets the criteria under which she was listed” for sanctions, a Treasury spokeswoman told Risk & Compliance Journal, declining to comment further. A U.S. diplomatic cable from 2007 published by WikiLeaks, citing comments from Thidar Zaw’s son, said she has been separated from Tay Za for years and doesn’t have any business connections.

Tay Za remains under U.S. sanctions, as he didn’t appear on Thursday’s list of removals.

Also on Thursday, OFAC lifted sanctions on former Myanmar prime minister Soe Win and Maung Bo, a former military official. Both of them have died since their 2007 sanctions designations, the Treasury spokeswoman said.

Thursday’s removals continue the slow progress of lifting U.S. sanctions on Myanmar, a process that began in 2012 amid thawing relations. The Treasury spokeswoman said the U.S. “will continue to support reform” in Myanmar, using the country’s other name, Burma.

“Going forward, additional listings or de-listings will be pursued as appropriate to meet the changing conditions in Burma,” the spokeswoman said in an email.

In addition, OFAC lifted sanctions on three men who were indicted before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for atrocities they allegedly committed during wars in the country, which has since been split into several nations.

OFAC removed sanctions on Esad Landzo, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison; Rahim Ademi, who was acquitted after his trial was transferred to Croatia; and Pasko Ljubicic, who said he was sorry when receiving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty.

They “are being removed because they no longer meet the criteria for which they were designated,” said the Treasury spokeswoman.

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